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Coming Soon to the Altar Rock Area…

By Karen C. Beattie | February 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Coming Soon to the Altar Rock Area…

Within the next few weeks, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation will be initiating a project to remove non-native, invasive Japanese black pines (Pinus thunbergii) within a 2.03-acre management unit in the Middle Moors along Altar Rock Road, immediately to the northwest of Altar Rock. This work will improve habitat for rare plant, invertebrate and animal species,…

Wetland Biodiversity Matters, World Wetlands Day 2020

By Jen Karberg | February 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Wetland Biodiversity Matters, World Wetlands Day 2020

By Dr. Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor Last Saturday was World Wetlands Day – a day designed to celebrate the beauty, ecology, value and uniqueness of wetlands around the world. These days, it’s no argument how important wetlands are from marshes that provide homes for ducks and fish to raingardens in splendid summer flower capturing…

Nantucket Winter Botany: The Little Green Guys

By Kelly A. Omand | February 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Nantucket Winter Botany: The Little Green Guys

While Nantucket can’t usually lay claim to epic snowfalls and frigid temperatures, the colder months bring a chilly dormancy to most plants. Rather than expose their leaves to the freezing temperatures and desiccating salty winds, most of our plants and trees shed their leaves. Conifers such as pitch and Japanese pine, and red cedar with…

Bats in your Basement?

By Danielle O'Dell | January 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Bats in your Basement?

By: Danielle O’Dell, Ecologist/Field Supervisor This may not be the time of year that you would typically think would be great for finding bats but we are hopeful that we might get a few reports from the Nantucket community! During the winter, Northern long-eared bats hibernate. In other parts of the Northeast, they are known…

The 2019 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

By Libby Buck | January 16, 2020 | Comments Off on The 2019 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count just celebrated its 120th birthday, making it one of one of the longest running citizen science projects. Up until 1900, it was a Christmas tradition for hunters to go out on Christmas Day and hunt as many birds as they…

End of the Year Musings……

By Karen C. Beattie | December 20, 2019 | Comments Off on End of the Year Musings……

As we get ready to celebrate the holidays and close out 2019, we would like to take a moment to commemorate the Foundation’s upcoming 56th anniversary. On December 28th in 1963, a group of Nantucketers met at the home of W. Ripley Nelson, who was then the President of the Nantucket Civic League. They came…

Downtown Botany Adventures

By Kelly A. Omand | November 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Downtown Botany Adventures

Since beginning to work on the Nantucket Flora Update project, we have discovered more than 60 plants that are established on Nantucket, but were not included in the most recent island flora, Sorrie and Dunwiddie’s The Vascular and Non-Vascular Flora of Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget Islands, published in 1996. While many of these “new to…

Preparing Nantucket for Climate Change

By Jen Karberg | November 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Preparing Nantucket for Climate Change

by Dr. Jennifer Karberg, Research Program Supervisor The impacts of climate change: increased sea level rise, increased occurrence of strong storm events, increased and more variable temperature and rainfall, temporal ecological disjuncts (ie plants flowering before their pollinators are around), and changes to natural communities (to name just a few impacts) all feel very immediate…

A Weekend of Nantucket Biodiversity Learning

By Karen C. Beattie | November 7, 2019 | Comments Off on A Weekend of Nantucket Biodiversity Learning

The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) just held its 8th Biennial Biodiversity Research Conference from November 1-3, and the Foundation’s Science and Stewardship Department staff ecologists were active participants in this collaborative effort. The NBI is a partnership of nonprofit organizations (including the Foundation), academic institutions, government agencies, businesses and individuals that formed in 2005 with…

Meet Lily Bartlett, the Foundation’s School-to-Career Intern!

By Karen C. Beattie | October 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Meet Lily Bartlett, the Foundation’s School-to-Career Intern!

We are very excited to have a Nantucket High School (NHS) senior, Lily Bartlett, volunteering for us approximately 8 hours per week for the entire school year as part of the School-to-Career program. This is the first time that the Foundation has mentored a student in this capacity. School-to-Career is part of a national program…